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Brouwer Brings It and Ovie Rolls Out More Magic

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Before last night’s game I realized that the warmup music they were playing was what they used to play back in the go-go days 2009. Through Twitter, Jordan Greenberg (the guy that plays the music), told me they’ve been playing it all along. If this is true, I must be getting older and forgetting stuff. Hope I remember that can be a useful skill.

The game itself against the New York Islanders went through a number of phases. The phase where the Capitals were pretty much dominating, winning every battle for every puck, getting off lots of shots and giving up almost none, yet managing to end the period not he wrong end of of an 0-1 score. Second period was kind of the same…still winning almost all the battles, but it took eight minutes or so for the Capitals to register their first shot of the period. Um. In the third period, it felt a little bit like the game in Carolina last week.

Then the Islanders went up by another goal. A few more minutes passed and some fans started heading for the exits when Matt Hendricks took a penalty with about 7 minutes left. After that, though, the earth spun backwards and everything was right again. Troy Brouwer scored twice in the final few minutes to tie the game at two and I saw something I hadn’t seen at Verizon Center in quite a while…The fans didn’t sit back down after Brouwer’s first goal. The ones that were left. Or, at least, a bunch of them.

Overtime. Does anyone remember a game a year ago almost to the day? When Alex Ovechkin just couldn’t pretend he’s not a total, bitchin’ rock star from Mars and rolled out the magic in overtime against the Islanders? Well, it was kinda like that, but different. The result was right.

To read more better stuff, check out On Frozen Blog, Ed Frankovic, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Capitals Outsider and District Sports Page.

You can see my photos below and on flickr, but I highly recommend Tom Turk’s photos, too. Really great stuff! Russian Machine has a nice little collection worth looking at as well.

Vokoun and Caps Shut Door on Pens

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In the history of Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals rivalries, there have been many memorable games that have been and will be discussed and remembered for years. Last night’s game probably was not one of them. That’s kind of strange considering it had more than a couple memorable moments and was a shutout. Alexander Semin missed some that he really should have had. Alex Ovechkin forgot he’s supposed to shoot more intend of looking to pass to his partners, Tomas Vokoun forgot where his crease was, Matt Hendricks had a great fight early and a great shift late…The list doesn’t seem to end, yet the game will be largely forgotten pretty quickly as just another game in the middle of the season.

You know this isn’t the place to read about the game. Those places are Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, District Sports Page (they have photos, too), Ed Frankovic and the rest. You come here to look at pictures, or sometimes go look at them on flickr.

Things Are Looking Up

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The Washington Capitals won for the seventh straight time by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 2-1 off goals by Alex Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks.  Even with a return to a low scoring one goal game, things are definitely looking up. For me, I had what will probably be my last seat up close for the season. I took a lot of photos. Way too many. After you check some of them out below or on flickr, be sure to read more about the game if you haven’t already at places like Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japer’s Rink, and Brian McNally’s recap. And as always, enjoy the box score at Capitals Outsider.

 

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